ERIC Number: EJ1025567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Foundational Concepts and Underlying Theories for Majors in "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology"
Tansey, John T.; Baird, Teaster, Jr.; Cox, Michael M.; Fox, Kristin M.; Knight, Jennifer; Sears, Duane; Bell, Ellis
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v41 n5 p289-296 Sep-Oct 2013
Over the past two years, through an NSF RCN UBE grant, the ASBMB has held regional workshops for faculty members and science educators from around the country that focused on identifying: 1) core principles of biochemistry and molecular biology, 2) essential concepts and underlying theories from physics, chemistry, and mathematics, and 3) foundational skills that undergraduate majors in biochemistry and molecular biology must understand to complete their major coursework. Using information gained from these workshops, as well as from the ASBMB accreditation working group and the NSF Vision and Change report, the Core Concepts working group has developed a consensus list of learning outcomes and objectives based on five foundational concepts (evolution, matter and energy transformation, homeostasis, information flow, and macromolecular structure and function) that represent the expected conceptual knowledge base for undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology. This consensus will aid biochemistry and molecular biology educators in the development of assessment tools for the new ASBMB recommended curriculum.
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Majors (Students), Workshops, Faculty Development, Scientific Concepts, Educational Objectives, Evolution, Energy, Knowledge Level
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